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by Pascal Gross, 14 April 2000
The flag of the state of Anzoategui, adopted on June 16, 1999.
Source : <www.larutadelsol.com>.
Pascal Gross, 14 April 2000
Here is a translation of the information from this site:
History of the flag:
"By initiative of historian Maximilian Kopp Marcano, on February 25th, 1999, the State governor of Anzoategui, through the state's Direction of Culture presideded by Enrique Hidalgo, declared open a contest through which a design for a Official flag of the state would be found.
The contest was closed on May 19th, 1999, and on that same day the verdict was announced. The jury, led by Judge-rector of Anzoategui state, Zoraida Achicar de Lindo; the director of the Estable Theatre of Barcelona, Kiddio Espana; the director of the network of National Libraries, Anzoategui state, Cesar Paraqueima; artist Regulo Lopez, derecitor of the Armando Reveron School of Fine Arts of Barcelona, Antonio Sanchez; the presidents of the Federation of Chambers of Commerce, Anzoategui, Marco Tulio Salazar; the CHiefo of the 7th Regional Command of the National Guard, General Carlos Bazzanella; the Secretary of the Governor, Jose Sabino Mora; historian Oscar Parella; the state's Director of Culture, Enrique Hidalgo, and historian Maximilian Kopp Marcano: estudied the 152 proposals that contestants handed in, and it was unanimously voted as winner the sketch presented under the nom-de-plume 'Maria Isabela', by the Puerto La Cruz-born Lemarys del valle Rincones, whon the received the award of two million Bolivars.
The design of the state's flag, as set by decree #138 from the regional executive signed by the state's governonr, Alexis Rosas, has three horizontal stripes of the same width [height]. A blue one, representing our heavens, seas and rivers. A yellow one, standing for the warmth of our climate and people. A green one for all the riches of our nature and, on its centre, an oputline of Anzoategui state's map, crossing the three stripes and embroidered in black, as a symbol of oil rich soil."
by Maximilian Kopp M. and translated by Guillermo Aveledo, 14 April 2000
The actual Anzoateguensian Coat of Arms was adopted by Regional Executive Decree on September 9th, 1933. The information about who was its designer is not available, but it is known that the graphic composition is the same as used during the existence of the Barcelona State between 1864 and 1881. According to the Anzoategui State's Coat of Arms, Seal and Anthem Law in force, published in the Official Gazette of the State on November 30th, 1976, the Coat of Arms of this Venezuelan State is divided per fess and charges on the upper quarter in Or (yellow), a Gules (red) fortress with four merlons of battlement and a Phoenix Bird looking to the right side of the shield, their wings displays and surrounded by flames at its top. At both flanques of the fortress and vertically emplaced, appears two silvered and broken chains, with six links each one. This symbological elements represents the "Casa Fuerte de Barcelona" (The Fort-House of Barcelona) where the heroically patriots of these lands battled for the triumph of the freedom in the Independence War of Venezuela. The Phoenix symbolizes the fatherland reborn of their own ashes and the broken chains, the emancipation of the Spanish yoke and the liberation of the slaves, decreed by General José Gregorio Monagas, illustrious son of the State, when he was President of Venezuela in 1854. The lower quarter of the Coat of Arms shows a silvered bull stand on a natural landscape and looking to the right of the shield on azure (blue) ground, for represents the cattle-rising riches of this federal entity. The cimier it's a naissant sun in Or (yellow) for represent the geographical situation of the state: the eastern region of Venezuela. Its rays reminds the municipalities of the Anzoa'tegui State. The cannons crosses in saltire at the back of the shield and jointed to a laurel crown laced by a silvered pennant with the motto "TUMBA DE SUS TIRANOS" (Tomb of their tyrants) symbolizes the glories obtained by the Anzoateguensians in the Independence War of Venezuela. The motto, properly, remains the bloody Battle of Urica which was verified in these lands on 1814 and where died the dreadful Spanish General José Tomás Boves who devastated a great part of the Venezuelan patriot territories in these times. The name of this State is an tribute to General José Antonio Anzoátegui, one of the Venezuelan patriot heroes of the Independence War and its Capital is the City of Barcelona.
Raul Jesus Orta Pardo, 10 August 2000